For a while I’ve been thinking about picking up another language once I felt like I had a good enough grasp of Korean that I’d be able to start learning that language through Korean. Since I’ve been using Korean grammar books written in Korean for probably about half a year now, I thought maybe it’d be something I’d be able to do soon. And actually, just these past couple of days I’ve slowly started picking up a new language through Korean.
There’s this Italian polyglot on YouTube called Luca Lampariello that I watch from time to time. I remember having watched a video he did once on falling in love with a language where he sort of uses relationships as an analogy for language learning. Like how you’re first just sort of infatuated with someone, and then as you get to know them and start a relationship you move into the honey moon phase. And after that how it’s a lot of just choosing to stick with it and choosing to love your partner. He talks about how similarly with learning a foreign language, some experience might spark some interest in that language initially and then when you start learning in the beginning being motivated to study all the time is pretty easy. But then later down the road, when you for example reach the infamous intermediate plateau, then you have to choose to continue learning that language every day. And sometimes it’s really fun, but other times it can also be frustrating. But you just keep going.
So what happened just this Saturday is that I think I probably, if not completely fell in love with, at least got a little spark for the Japanese language. And I’ve decided to try and turn that spark into a small fire and see where that takes me. So there’s this rock band from Japan called One Ok Rock that I’ve been listening to for quite some time now. And Saturday night I finally had an opportunity to see them live right here in Copenhagen. And honestly, it was probably the best concert experience I’ve ever had. Being in a room full of people who are just as excited to see this artist that they really admire and to finally get out all those lyrics that have been stuck in your head for months or even years. It was just a really amazing experience, and one that I probably won’t forget anytime soon.
So on Sunday with my legs, arms and neck all sore from jumping around for hours, with my entrance stamp still left on my wrist and with some awesome memories still fresh in my mind, I started my Japanese journey. So these past couple of days I’ve just been starting to learn the phonetic part of the Japanese alphabet and learned a few basic phrases. I actually already had my first “hey I understood something!!”-moment in Japanese while I was scrolling through my Instagram feed earlier Today. Yay!
Also this is just a little finishing tangent, but I’ve noticed that for the most part the main thing that seems to get me interested in different languages initially is music. At least that has been the case for both German, Korean and now also Japanese. Funny how that works. I’ve actually also been thinking about writing a post sometime about how and why I started learning Korean. But that’s got to wait for another time.
But anyway, for now I’m just really excited to learn more! 화이팅합시다!